US Catholic Faith in Real Life

One Tweet too many? Take a social media fast

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In one month last year Americans spent 63.5 billion minutes engaging in social media. Drawing conclusions from another study, a January article in the Telegraph warned that people “are becoming increasingly addicted and dependent upon social networks.”

Online communication also can hamper college students’ growth and development, according to Barbara Hofer, psychologist and co-author of The iConnected Parent.

So how do we find balance? A technological fast could be one way of regaining perspective.


TV; It's not a black and white issue

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It's a safe bet that Sister Rose Pacatte watches more TV and movies than you do. She even has TiVo, which only seriously addicted TV watchers will admit to. If you asked her about this, she would say, "Hey, it's part of my job!" And you might nod and say indulgently,

"Of course it is, Sister."


The Parent Trap

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You've heard of the "overscheduled child," no doubt. Family therpist William Doherty is one of the people you can thank for putting a name to that thoroughly modern problem and bringing it into the public lexicon. Watch out, because Doherty has now taken aim at consumer values creeping into family life as well as marriage.


Don't focus on the family: Julie Hanlon Rubio on family ethics

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Are full family schedules masking emptiness of spirit? A Catholic ethicist and suburban mom challenges families to make time for the really important stuff.

Because Julie Hanlon Rubio’s father was a civil rights attorney, the family’s dinner table discussions during her childhood often revolved around his work. “Just having that consciousness rather than always talking about our own lives was important for all of us,” she says.


How to protect our children from sexual abuse

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Preventing child sexual abuse begins with talking to your children about it. Dolores Curran provides some strategies to help.

Heart to heart: Mary and motherhood

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Fact: Parents worry about their kids every day. No one knows this more than Mary.

As a kid in Catholic school, I grew up learning a lot about Mary. She was the Mother of God and the mother of all people everywhere. She wore a white dress and a blue veil and had a serene, dreamy expression. She also had a visible heart, one crowned with flames and pierced with swords.


We've got Spirit! Learning from evangelicals

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Catholics can learn a thing or two from our evangelical sisters and brothers.

On a Thursday night last September, Scott Sroda found himself at Primetime, a weekly program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ. Sroda, a freshman and a Catholic from Janesville, Wisconsin, tagged along with a sophomore friend from home who was also Catholic but who had been in a Crusade Bible study the year before.


Catholic with an evangelical twist

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Learning from evangelicals isn’t as simple as introducing praise and worship music and talking about a personal relationship with Christ at your next youth group meeting.

Donna Freitas, a theologian and author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses (Oxford University Press), has spent a lot of time with both Catholic and evangelical youth and has a few tips to keep in mind:


Ground rules for a peaceful home

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With more adult children moving back home with their parents due to the economy, experts agree: Establish guidelines in advance to avoid arguments down the road. Communication is the first key keeping everybody happy. Here are tips to ease the transition of the new living arrangements.

For parents:


Coming home to roost: "Boomerang" kids move back in with their parents

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So your son graduated from college, can’t find a job, and needs a place to live—what’s a parent to do?

The first time Mark Bolich Jr. stayed out all night, he faced his not-too-happy parents the next morning.

"You could have called," they admonished him. "You could have sent us a text message. We were worried about you."


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